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Adopt, Don’t Shop! – Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

This post is sponsored by KitNipBox.

If you know anything about me, you know that I am a huuuge advocate for “Adopt, Don’t Shop”, which is the mentality that if you want a pet, try to adopt from a shelter before you buy from a breeder.
I truly believe that rescue animals make some of the most loving and loyal pets. Whenever I’m thinking about getting a new pet, I always check shelters first, and I always end up falling in love and adopting.

Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions:

Adopting a pet means you’re saving a life (technically, more than one!).
Millions of unadopted animals are euthanized every year. By adopting, you’re helping to clear out shelters and make room for more animals that need help!

Rehabilitating an animal is so rewarding.
Cassie was really badly abused before I rescued her, and it still shows. She’s been my pet for almost 8 years now, and she still flinches when I move too quickly. But after learning little tricks to make her feel safe, like making sure she always has an escape route and doesn’t feel trapped, she’s learned to trust me. I literally tear up when I think about how far she’s come, and how I’m giving her a good life to make up for her awful past.

Adopting a pet is cost-effective.
Animal shelters sell pets at a very cheap price (sometimes you can even get one for free!), plus all pets get their shots, vaccinations, and spayed/neutered before they’re sent home with you.

Rescue animals are just as healthy as regular animals.
Animals brought into a shelter always undergo a full medical examination and get treated for any illnesses they may have (many shelters have a vet on staff 24/7), whereas animals from a puppy mill can carry all types of diseases without ever being treated. Rescue animals have a bad reputation of being old and sick, but most are perfectly healthy animals that have just been left behind or abandoned.

They only want love.
All Cassie wants is love. She’s so content just laying next to me while I’m on the computer, or sitting next to my feet while I’m baking. I try to spend as much time with her as I can, even if it’s just something small like brushing her or throwing her mouse toy around. But this month, I wanted to do something special, so I got her a KitNipBox, which is a monthly subscription box just for cats! I love this company for two main reasons: you get so much stuff for a great price, and every month they donate to different animal welfare causes.

Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

Truth be told, Cassie tends to be a little picky when it comes to toys and treats. But as soon as I set the box down, she went crazy pulling toys out and throwing them all over the house. This month’s box was Rock n’ Roll-themed, and included a bag of catnip, Wellness Kittles Chicken & Cranberry Treats, and 5 toys: a keyboard, a microphone, a catnip-stuffed t-shirt, a red crinkle pillow, and a leopard-print wand. She’s especially fond of the crinkle pillow!

Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

Please go check them out, they’re an awesome company and I know your cat is going to love it.
Aaand I always have people ask about Cassie’s adoption, so here it is!

Cassie’s Adoption Story:

I was in LA going to culinary school, and since I was living alone, I wanted a pet to keep me company. I came home one weekend to visit my parents, hoping to adopt a cat and bring it with me back up to LA. I started looking through cats on the humane society website, and immediately fell in love with “Sasha”, this sad-looking cat with a huge stripe down her face. My dad started joking around and said her face looked like a Picasso painting.

The next day, we went to the shelter, and I noticed a tiny little face poking out of a cat tower cubby. I asked the girl helping us, and her exact words were, “Oh you don’t want that one”. I snapped, “Don’t tell me which cat I want, I asked you to tell me about that one” (PS, if you work in the humane society, WHY ON EARTH would you tell someone not to adopt an animal? It still baffles me to this day).

She finally told me about this little stripe-faced weirdo, who happened to be the exact cat I had been obsessed with the previous day. Sasha was a stray they found wandering with her four kittens, clearly abused and very dirty. They brought her in, cleaned her up, and got her healthy, and all of her kittens got adopted (which is adorable). She had been in the shelter for over a year: no one wanted her because she was super skittish, anxious, and “ugly”. Immediately, I was like “That one. I want her. Give her to me, now”, and she’s been my best little buddy ever since!

PS my dad named her Pablo Picatso, but it’s Cassie for short.

Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

Thank you guys so much for reading! If you have a rescue animal, tell me in the comments! ♡

Thank you to KitNipBox for sponsoring this post!
(All opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with brands that I use in my everyday life.)

Adopt, Don't Shop! - Why Rescue Animals Make the Best Companions

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